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WILDLIFK 



MARCH 2011 



FOUR DOLLARS 






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Ours is a fast moving and a fast changing world. In- 
formation saturation, rapidly evolving technology, 
and a global marketplace will likely ensure that Americans con- 
tinue to operate in "overdrive." The impacts of this pace of life 
upon the human spirit have been measured and reported in 
many ways; not surprisingly, most of them are negative. 

Perhaps that is why stories about people choosing a sim- 
pler way of life, choosing to get off the grid, choosing to walk 
with abandon into the woods and along the river's edge to revel 
in nature's offerings, resonate so deeply in me. It would seem 
that my inner spirit instinctively craves this connection, too. 

What I feel when immersed in the photographs submitted 
to this contest by people from one corner of the state to the 
other instantly transports me to those tranquil moments out- 
doors. And often, while studying a particularly noteworthy 
photograph, words fail me. That is not necessarily a bad thing. 
We could use a little more quiet in this world, I believe. 

Although lacking precise words to describe the artistry be- 
hind an image, I am clearly able to describe how it makes me 
feel inside. Consistently, I am filled with a sense of great opti- 
mism. The vision and the talents of many amateur photogra- 
phers — neighbors across Virginia — capturing the essence of 
wild animals and the very miracles of nature can't help but lift 
my spirits. Through their efforts I am brought face to face with 
the raw beauty of our commonwealth and the surprises that 
await everyone who ventures into its woods and meadows. 

We are so very fortunate that such wild places remain here, 
along an eastern corridor that has become increasingly popular 
for people taking up residence. We are more than lucky that 
large expanses as well as small pockets of habitat still exist to sup- 
port an incredible array of wildlife — free for us to enjoy. And I 
am very fortunate to be among a small staff of judges who see 
the breadth of images entered in this contest. It is a humbling 
experience for me, each and every year. 

So, I offer my congratulations and deep gratitude to all 
who ventured out to wild places, who spent hours in the quiet, 
who took time to perfect their skills, and who shared with us 
what they encountered through their camera lens. 




Sally Mills, FMitor 



MISSION STATEMENT 

In manage Virginia's wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations <>f all species to serve the neecb "f die Commonwealth; 

I o provide opportunity for all to cii|o\ wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard the 
i ighl "I the people to hunt, fish and harvest game as provided for in the (Constitution of Virginia; To promote safety for persons and prop 

i m in connection with boating, hunting and fishing; To provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an awareness of 
and appreciation lor Virginia's fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, .mil hunting, fishing, .ind boating opportunities. 

Dedicated to the Conservation of Virginia's Wildlife and Natural Resources 



V01 UME 72 



NUMBER 3 



COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA 

Bob McDonnell, Governor 

HUNTING & FISHINl ■ 
LICENSE FEES 

Subsidized this publication 

SECRETARY OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
Douglas W. Domenech 

DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND 

INLAND FISHERIES 

Bob Duncan 

Executive Director 



NUMBERS OF THE BOARD 

Ward Burton, Halifax 

Lisa Caruso, Church Road 

Brent Clarke, Fairfax 

Curtis D. Colgate, Virginia Beach 

James W. Hazel, Oakton 

Randy J. Kozuch, Alexandria 

John W. Montgomery, Jr., Sandston 

Mary Louisa Pollard, Irvington 

F. Scott Reed, Jr., Manakin-Sabot 

Leon Turner, Fincastle 

Charles S. Yates, Cleveland 



MAGAZINE STAFF 

Sally Mills, Editor 

Lee Walker, Ron Messina, Julia Dixon, 

Contributing Editors 
Emily Pels, Art Director 
Carol Kushlak, Production Manager 



Color separations and printing by 
Progress Printing, Lynchburg, VA. 



Virginia midlife (ISSN 0042 6792) is published monthly 
by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 
Send all subscription orders and address ch 
Virginia Wildlife, P. O. Box 7477, Red Oak, Iowa 51591 
0477. Address all other communications concerning this 
publication to Virginia Wildlife, P. O. Box 11104. 4010 
West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23230-1 104. Sub 
scription rates are $12.95 for one year, $23.95 for two 
years; $4.00 per each back issue, subject to availability. 
Out-of-country rate is $24.95 for one year and must be 
paid in U.S. funds. No refunds for amounts less [bar 
$5.00. To subscribe, call toll-free (800) 710-936') P< >S 1 
MASTER: Please send all address changes to Virginia 
Wildlife, P.O. Box 7477, Red Oak, Iowa 51591-047" 
Postage for periodicals paid at Richmond, Virginia .mil 
additional entry offices. 

Copyright 201 1 by the Virginia Department ol ( 
Inland Fisheries. All rights reserved. 

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shall aflbrcj 
io all persons an equal access to Department programs and 
facilities without regard to race, color, religion, national 
origin, disability, sex, or age. If you believe that you hav< 
been discriminated against in any program, activil 
it)', please write to: Virginia Department ol Game ant 
Inland Fisheries, ATTN: Compliance Officer, (4(1 10 Wes 
Broad Street.) P. O. Bo* 11104. Richmond. Virgini. 
23230-1 104. 

ibis publication is intended for general informational put 
poses only and even- effort has been made to ensure its accn 
racy. The information contained herein does not serve as 
legal representation offish and wildlife laws or regulation' 
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisherk 
does not assume responsibility for any change in dates, teg 
illations, or information that may occur after publication 





FRONT COVER: 
GRAND PRIZE WINNER 

Paul A. Block 

Williamsburg 

Congratulations go to Paul A. Block of 
Williamsburg for winning the coveted 
GRAND PRIZE in this year's contest! Paul 
reported that during a snow flurry this 
delightful male bluebird perched on a 
shepherd's hook on his back deck, fluffing 
up to ward off a cold January morning. 
Adorable, beautiful, and peaceful. Who says 
you have to travel far to get a great image? 

Nikon D70 digital SLR camera, 300mm f/4.0 
lens, ISO 200,1 /350th, f/4.0. 




BACK COVER: 

KIDS' GRAND PRIZE WINNER 

Darren Shank 

Dayton 

Darren Shank, age 1 1, of Dayton, is this year's 
winner of the Kids'Grand Prize for his surprising 

image of an adult screech owl bringing a night 
crawler to its chick. Upon hearing about a nest in 
a friend's wood duck box, Darren and his dad and 
brothers went to the site with Canon digital 
cameras, a Phototrap trigger system, a Pocket 
Wizard, and two Canon Speedlite 580 EX II flashes. 
Darren reports that he clamped his camera to a 
ladder to get it level with the action and this was 
the result. TOTALLY AWESOME! 

Canon 1 D Mark IV digital SLR camera, Canon EF 1 7- 
40mm f/4.0L lens, ISO 1 600, 1 /1 25th, f/20.0, two 
Canon Speedlite 580 EX II flashes fired by a Pocket 
Wizard and Phototrap system. 



MARCH 
CONTENTS 

SCENIC SEASONS 



COLD AND CLAMMY 
CRITTERS 



THE SPORTING LIFE 



MARVELOUS 
MAMMALS 



A BUG'S LIFE 



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BIRDS OF A FEATHER 



;5 FANTASTIC PLANTS 



KIDS AND CAMERAS 



Annual 

Photography Contest 

Showcase 



by Lynda Richardson 



Drama, creativity, perfect composi- 
tion, gorgeous light, solitude, 
high-tech action, unusual angles, 
color, and snow! It was all there in the images 
we saw while judging this year's annual pho- 
tography competition. 

In all, we received 1,690 photographs 
and nearly 1 00% of the submissions had been 
shot in a digital format. A Bug's Life was the 
category with the most entries, at 308. Next 
was Scenic Seasons with 291, Birds of a Feather, 
289; Fantastic Fbwers, 219; Marvelous Mam- 
mals, 206; Cold & Clammy, 165; and Sporting 
Life with 90. Kids & Cameras ages 6- 1 2 had 
62 entries, and Kids & Cameras ages 13-18 
had 57. 

As we reviewed the photographs, we no- 
ticed a few differences in submissions from 
previous years. First, there were a lot more 
photographs that had been taken in the snow: 
birds perched in the snow, animals walking 
around in the snow, snowy landscapes, and 
frosty vegetation. Obviously, this past year's 
snowy weather presented a lot of fantastic op- 
portunities lor photographers. We loved it! 

Another thing we noticed were a lot of 
submissions that were downright funny. 
Ihough we didn't select many, it planted the 
idea of creating a humor category at some 
point in the future. We did receive a specific 
category request from Addison Bryant, age 
1 2, who won an honorable mention in Kids 
& Cameras 6- 1 2 with his orange mushrooms. 
He would love to see a fungus category. His 
mother says he's crazy about mushrooms and 
fungus. We'll see what we can do, Addison. 

As you can imagine, when the judges got 
right down to picking "the best" six in each 




© Richard Cox 



category, it was just plain hard. To give you 
an idea of what we were up against. . . out of 
the 289 entries in Birds of a Feather, our first- 
round cuts still left us with 61 favorites. 
There could be only 6. 

Of course this problem led us into a lot 
of "discussions." Some judges favored a 
more journalistic approach, using the "how 
hard is it to get this image" or "have I already 
seen this image a million times before" sensi- 
bility. Others concentrated more on the 
artistic and design value of the image and 
chose from that perspective. So, how did we 
finally get down to the final six? 

We looked tor something unusual that 
resonated within all of us, such as Wendy 
Nelson's dramatic first-place winner in Sce- 
nic Seasons and Jim Kirby's creative first- 
place winner in Cold & Clammy Critters. We 
looked for perfectly composed moments of 
time, like Douglas Graham's first place in 
The Sporting Life, Jim Kirbys' first place in 
Mawelous Mammals, and Jim Kacsmarik's 



first place in Birds of a Feather. Startling color 
and hard to capture subject matter won 
Christopher Wirth his first place in A Bug's 
Life. Elegant design captured Ben Gahagen's 
first place in Fantastic Flowers. 

And how about those kids in Kids & 
Cameras'? The Shank brothers blew us away 
with their high-tech, stop-action images of 
birds and bats. Did you see Darren Shank's 
insane back cover? That's a night crawler 
swinging from that screech owl's mouth. 

Drama, creativity, perfect composition, 
gorgeous light, solitude, high-tech action, un- 
usual angles, color, and snow. That is what 
this year's competition was all about. Every- 
one did a fantastic job! 

Congratulations and HAPPY SHOOT- 
ING! We look forward to seeing your best 
work again next year. 

SPECIAL NOTE: I would be remiss in not 
mentioning how thankful the staff of Virginia 
Wildlife and I are for the loyal and continued 
support of Ted Bullard, president and owner 
of Richmond Camera and Richmond Profes- 
sional Lab. Ted has always been a dedicated 
contest sponsor for us, and has once again do- 
nated fabulous prizes for all of our winners! 
We are very thankful for his generosity. Please 
always think about Richmond Camera and 
Richmond Professional Lab for your photo- 
graphic needs. - Lynda Richardson 

Please note changes on 

"HowtoEnter"the2011 

Annual Photography Contest. 

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/events/ 
photo-contest.pdf 



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Scenic Seasons 




FIRST PLACE 



"Solitary trees, iftkeyzrm at 
all, grow stroKt." 



Winston Churchill 



Wendy Nelson 
Williamsburg 

Dramatically silhouetted against the sky, a lone cypress cradling an osprey 
nest stands strong against the James River near the Jamestown-Scotland 
Ferry. Stunning! 

Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera, Canon EF-S 10-22mmf/3.5-4.5 USM 
lens, IS0 160, 1 /250th, f/1 6.0. 



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SECOND PLACE 



Rachel Echols 

Harrisonburg 

This gorgeous winter wonderland was photographed after a snowstorm at Wildwood Park in Bridgewater. 
Nikon D80 digital SLR camera, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm B.5-4.5 lens, ISO 200, 1/lOOOth, f/1 1 .0. 




THIRD PLACE 



Jim Kirby 

Reston 

As photographed from Jim's 
kayak, double-crested cormorants 
poseatthe mouth of Bull Run in 
Fairfax County during a lovely 
foggy spring morning. 

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV digital SLR 
camera, 300mm lens, IS0 1600, 
1/1 000th, f/5.6. 



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HONORABLE MENTION 

Jim Kirby 

Reston 

Water rages through Difficult Run in Fairfax County's Great Falls Park 
after heavy spring rains. 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera, 1 6mm lens, IS0 1 00, 8 seconds, 
f/1 1 .0 with a neutral density filter. 



HONORABLE MENTION 

Paul A. Block 

Williamsburg 

Fall dressed cypress trees found in the Chickahominy Wildlife 
Management Area. 

Nikon D70 digital SLR camera, 300mm lens, ISO not recorded, 
1 /750th, f/4.0. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Cindy Simmons 

Dublin 

Strong winds carved gravity-defying snow sculptures with 
tall grass on Whitetop Mountain in Mt. Rogers National 
Recreation Area. Brrrrrr! 

Nikon Coolpix 3100 compactdigital camera, IS0 100, 
1 /800th, f/5.6. 



"Eack m.omtn.t oftktytar Las its own beauty." 

Ralph Waldo Emerson 



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Cold and Clammy Critters 



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FIRST PLACE 



Jim Kirby 
Reston 

One warm spring afternoon Jim discovered tiny tadpoles swimming in the shadow of a tall 
sycamore tree in a vernal pool along the Cross County Trail in Fairfax. What a fabulous shot! 

Canon EOS SOD digital SLR cameraj 00mm macro lens, IS0 1 600, 1 /40th, f/8.0. 



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SECOND PLACE 







HONORABLE MENTION 

Jim Sullivan 

Charlottesville 

An American green tree frog photographed in Albemarle County. 

Nikon D70 digital SLR camera, 105mm macro lens, ISO 200, 1/60th, 
f/45, with close-up flash. 



Liam McGranaghan 

Berryville 

Quick and attentive shooting captures a black rat snake 
emerging from its egg. 

Nikon D300s digital SLR camera, Sigma 1 7 -70mm lens, 
ISO 200,1 /250th, f/5.0 with flash. 



"Every individual matters. 
Every individual kas a rote to 
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a difference. 



Jane Goodatl 



MARCH 2011 




THIRD PLACE 



Dudley Olcott 

Chesapeake 

One hot July day a moon jellyfish and a hitch-hiking crab swim 
below a pier on the South Branch of the Elizabeth River in 
Portsmouth. Cool! 

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi SLR camera, Canon EF 70 - 300mm 
f/4-5.6 IS lens, ISO 400,1 /80th, f/5.6. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Randv Streufcrt 

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Mason Neck 

A broadhead skink photographed from a blind near 
Jacobs Creek in Mason Neck. 

Nikon D700 digital SLR camera, Nikkor 200-400mm, 
ISO 400, 1/20th,f/7.1, on tripod. 



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'&ny •dim.ist into tke life of an animal <niiickens our own and 
males it so muck Urter and better in. every way." 



John Muir 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Tom Badger 

Melfa 

A small hermit crab appears alone in its 
relationship to the surrounding peat 
bank on one of Virginia's barrier islands. 

Sony DSC-HX1 digital SLR camera, 
ISO 125, 1/1 000th, f/4.0. 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Douglas Graham 

Bluemont 

An American toad trills for a mate. 

Nikon D3 digital SLR camera, Nikkor 
AF-S 200-400mm f/4.0 lens, with a 
1 .4X teleconverter, ISO 400, 1 /640th, 
f/6.7. 



MARCH 2011 11 



The Sporting Life 




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whole life, bnttkey 
wjikt okt lives whole. " 

Roger Caras 



FIRST PLACE 



Douglas Graham 

Bluemont 

A light snow falls as a hunter and his trusty Weimaraner hunt 
for ruffed grouseand woodcock atthe G.R.Thompson Wildlife 
Management Area in northwestern Fauquier County. 
Awesome! 

Nikon D3 digital SLR camera, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens, 
IS0 1600, 1/1 000th, f/5.0. 



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SECOND PLACE 



David Lyster 

Charlottesville 

An early morning October fog on the Rivanna River near Charlottesville made a 
beautiful and peaceful backdrop for this fisherman and photographer. 

Nikon D90 digital SLR camera, Nikkor 105mm lens, ISO 500, 1 /1 60th, f/2.8 on tripod. 




A budding wildlife photographer attempts to 
photograph a camera-shy fawn at Big Meadows 
in Shenandoah National Park. 

Canon EOS 1 DS Mark III digital SLR camera, Canon 
EF 1 00-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens, ISO 640, 
1 /400th, f/5.6. 



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HONORABLE MENTION 

Dudley Olcott 

Chesapeake 

The morning after an evening rain on a scout campout 
atthe Fullhardt Knob Shelteralong the Appalachian 
Trail nearTroutville. 

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi SLR camera, Canon EF-S 1 7- 
85mm f/4-5.6 IS lens, ISO 400, 1 /50th, f/4.5. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Wendy Nelson 

Williamsburg 

A cool morning of fishing on the James River along the 
Colonial Parkway. 

Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera, Canon EF-S 1 0- 
22mm f3.5-4.5 USM autofocus lens, ISO 400, 1 /500th, 
f/10.0, flash fired. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Lisa Stokes 

Woodstock 

An exciting summer day of tube skiing on Lake Louisa 
in Louisa County. 

Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera, Canon 85mm lens, 
ISO 1 25, 1/1 000th # f/5.6. 



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FIRST PLACE 



Jim Kirby 

Reston 

The first big snowstorm of 201 offered a moment of solitude for these three 
does as they made their way along the edge of the woods in Algonquian Park 
in Loudoun County. So peaceful. 

Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera, 300mm lens, ISO 400, 1 /500th, f/4.0. 



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in. tke reheated refrains of nature — ike 
assurance tkat dawn comes after nkkt, 
and shrine after tke winter!' 

Rachel Carson 



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A buck in velvet looks up while feeding at 
Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park. 

Nikon D90 digital camera, Nikon 18- 
105mm lens, ISO 200, 1/1 00th, f/1 0.0. 





HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Wendy Nelson 

Williamsburg 

A curious gray squirrel checks out an old 
film camera in the path of his trip to the 
bird feeder. 

Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera, 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM 
lens, ISO 500,1 /500th, f/5.0. 



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Lying down near a pond, Aaron was 
able to capture a cold but thirsty gray 
squirrel at Hidden Pond Nature Center 
in Springfield. 

Canon EOS40D digital SLR camera, 
Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens, no ISO or 
shutter recorded, f/5.6. 










HONORABLE MENTION 

Denise Martin 

Glen Allen 

A fawn watches from the hill near the Big Meadows Byrd 
Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park. 

Canon EOS 20D digital SLR camera, Canon 70-200mm 
f/4.0LISIens,IS0800,1/8000th,f/2.8. 



HONORABLE MENTION 

David Boyd 

Falmouth 

A coyote pauses along the road in Shenandoah National Park. 

Canon EOS 1 DS Mark III digital SLR camera, Canon EF 100- 
400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens, IS0 1000,1 /500th, f/5.6. 



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A Bue's Life 




FIRST PLACE 



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mam/fyiMjUrs to a mowjlakt. " 

Rachel Carson 



ChristophcrWirth 

Powhatan 

A gorgeous metallic green bee feeding on a flower caught the eye of 
frequent contest winner Chris Wirth and he was able to capture its 
stunning beauty in this one-to-one macro shot. BEE-U-TEE-FULL! 

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR camera, Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1 -5x Macro 
Photo lens, IS0 1 00, 1 /250th, f/1 1 .0, Canon Speedlite 580EX flash with 
custom-made softbox. 



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ECOND PLACE 



Jim Sullivan 
Charlottesville 

An adorable Sachem Skipper poses for a 
spunky close-up portrait. 

Nikon D200 digital SLR camera, 105mm 
f/2.8 macro lens, ISO 640, 1 /I 600, f/22.0, 
close-up flash. 











HIRD PLACE 


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HONORABLE MENTION 

Rachel Echols 

Harrisonburg 

A green stink bug pauses on a picnic table at 
Kiptopeke State Park on the Eastern Shore. 

Nikon D80 digital SLR camera, Nikkor 80-400mm 
f/4.5-5.6 lens, ISO 500, 1/60th, f/1 3.0 with a 500D 
close-up lens. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Terry Johnston 

Williamsburg 

ATulip-tree Beauty's use of camouflage didn't get past 
the photographer of this insightful image. 

Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera, Sigma 1 8-200mm 
f/3.5-6.3 lens, ISO 200, 1/1 5th, f/6.3. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Joseph Piotrowski 

Williamsburg 

A bristly wolf spider holds its meal in Charlie E. Brown 
Park. Can you tell which eye is watching the 
photographer? 

Canon EOS 1 D Mark III digital SLR camera, Canon EF 
1 00mm f/2.8L ISUSM macro lens, ISO 200, 1 /30th, 
f/1 0.0 on a tripod, in a swamp, hip boots reguired. 



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Birds of a Feather 




FIRST PLACE 



Jim Kacsmarik 

Bentonville 

A goldfinch in winter plumage is caught mid-flight in this dramatic 
image taken in Warren County. Wow! 

Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera, IS0 1000, 1 /2000th, f/6.3. 



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SECOND PLACE 



Andv Maneno 

Delaplane 

A black vulture peering out from a hayloft 
in Delaplane makes an usually beautiful 
subject in this black and white image. 

Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera, 
400mm lens, ISO 1600,1 /250th, f/5.6. 




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THIRD PLACE 



HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Douglas Graham 

Bluemont 

A velvety cedar waxwing feeds on cherries. 

Nikon D3 digital SLR camera, Nikon 500mm 
f/4.0 lens with a 1 7X teleconverter, ISO 640, 
1 /500th, f/6.7. 



Wendy Nelson 

Williamsburg 

A hungry snowy egret chases minnows at 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. 

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR camera, Canon EF 
100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens, ISO 640, 
1/1 250th, f/5.6. 



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m liwJo td& slkkt, feels i-ttfve way kenecdk 
kiw., yet siMs KjwwfHC ke katk w('mm." 

Victor Hugo 



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HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Thomas Hodge 

Hampton 

A horned grebe in winter plumage swims 
through water reflecting a brilliant red 
background. 

Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera, 700mm 
lens range, ISO 200, 1/1 000th, f/8.0. 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

CarlaVanderbilt 

Jacksonville, FL 

A mourning dove resting at the Blandy 
Experimental Farm in Boyce. 

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT SLR camera, 
Canon EF 100400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, 
Canon 1.4Xteleconverter, ISO 400, 1 /250th, f/8.0. 




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Fantastic Plants 




FIRST PLACE 



Ben Gahagen 
Albany, OH 

Elegant and gently lit, this bloodroot flower is one of many plants to grace the 
spring landscape. This one was found in Harrisonburg. Captivating! 

Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xti SLR camera, 100mm macro lens, IS0 100, 1/40th, 
f/6.3. 



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com and ' skaits tkcd 3 couldn't 

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Georgia O'Keeffe 



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One morning a spectacular frost covered 
everything, including this mountain 
laurel in Jefferson National Forest in 
Bland County. 




Nikon COOLPIX 3100compact digital 

camera, IS0 100, 1/1 00th, f/2.8. 



THIRD PLACE 



David Everette 

Richmond 

Red buds light up the landscape in this 
power line right-of-way at Hull Street 
and Route 288 near Richmond. 

Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera, 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens, 
ISO 200,1 /5th, f/22.0. 



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HONORABLE MENTION 

Richard Cox 

Bumpass 

Tendrils of a vine form a natural necklace in this elegant photograph. 

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1 i SLR camera, Canon EF 1 00mm f/2.8 macro 
USM, ISO 800, 1 /200th, f/1 3.0, Canon Speedlite 580 EX flash fired. 



HONORABLE MENTION 

David Everette 

Richmond 

A tulip magnolia bud about to bloom signifies new life in Hollywood 
Cemetery in Richmond. 

Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens, 
ISO 200, 1 /30th, f/5.6 and a 500D close-up lens. 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

David Lvster 

Charlottesville 

These April flowering trillium were found 
along the Staunton River in Shenandoah 
National Park in Madison County. 

Nikon D40 digital SLR camera, Nikon 105mm 
f/2.8 macro lens, ISO 200, 1 /320th, f/4.0 on 
tripod. 



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Kids & Cameras 6-1 2 




FIRST PLACE 



Darren Shank, age 1 1 

Dayton 

Walking in the woods one day, Darren and his brothers located a chickadee nest in a snag. To photograph the comings and goings of 
the adults feeding their young, the boys set up a Phototrap trigger and used a Pocket Wizard to fire the flashes. One flash was placed 
in the background to illuminate the bird's black heads and the other stopped the action in the foreground. Way to go, Darren! 

Canon EOS 1 D Mark IV digital SLR camera, Canon 70-200mm lens, IS0 1 000, 1/320th, f/1 6.0, plus two Canon Speedlite 580EX II 
flashes, Pocket Wizard and Phototrap system. 



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SECOND PLACE 



Allen Shank, age 8 

Dayton 

A beautiful snowfall inspired a photo session 
from a window in the house overlooking the 
backyard bird feeders. A dark-eyed junco made 
it all worthwhile. 

Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera, Canon 
400mm lens, ISO 640,1 /320th, f/6.3. 







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make a winner as this house fly on a cracker, 
"Dining at the Ritz," did for Meagan. 

Olympus FE-47 compact digital camera, 
IS0 1 00, 1/1 00th, f/3.5. 




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HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Hailey Ladcl, aae 1 1 

Richmond 

After seeing a frog swimming below the surface, Hailey 
patiently waited for the frog to appear again. . .which it 
did in this winning shot taken at a pond in Mine Run. 

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi SLR camera, 55-200mm lens, 
ISO 200, 1/1 00th, f/6.3. 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Alison Widzinski, a^e 8 
Round Hill 

A clever addition of fill flash makes this an even more 
interesting and beautiful backyard sunset. 

Nikon D40 digital SLR camera, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 
lens, IS0 1 600, 1 /60th, f/4.5 with flash fired. 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Addison Bryant, age 1 2 
Pilot 

Beautiful orange mushrooms photographed at Hungry 
Mother State Park were a winner for Addison who asked if 
we could some day add a fungus category. We'll see what 
we can do, Addison! 

Kodak Easyshare CI 01 3 compact digital camera, ISO 64, 
1/80th,f/2.7. 



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Kids & Cameras 13-18 




FIRST PLACE 



Marlin Shank, age 1 5 

Dayton 

Drawn by the knowledge of bats in the eaves of a friend's house, Marlin, his father, 
and brothers headed out for a photo session. Using a Phototrap trigger system every- 
one took turns shooting the bats as they flew toward the river. Marlin reports that he 
particularly liked this image of a little brown bat returning to the roost. Killer shot! 

Canon EOS 1 D Mark IV digital SLR camera, Canon EF 1 7-40mm f/4.0L lens, ISO 400, 
1 /250th, f/1 8.0, three Canon Speedlite 580 EX II flashes and one Sigma EF- 530 DG 
Superflash, Phototrapand Pocket Wizard system. 



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IONORABLE 
MENTION 

Dillon Rapalee, age 1 7 
Goochland 

A fence lizard peers down for a better look at 
the photographer. 

Nikon Coolpix P4 compart digital camera, 
IS050,1/125th,f/4.3. 



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HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Harrison Mire, ag^e 1 7 
Richmond 

A pileated woodpecker captured while 
feeding on a snowy day at the Pony Pasture 
Park along the James River in Richmond. 

Nikon D60 digital camera, Nikkor 
55-200mm lens, ISO 200, 1 /250th, f/5.6. 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Marlin Shank, age 1 5 

Dayton 

Photographed from a photo blind near 
Marlin's house, a male American goldfinch 
poses before getting a drink of water in the 
backyard water garden. 

Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera, Canon 
400mm lens with Canon 2.0X teleconverter, 
ISO 800,1 /800th, f/6.3, flash fired. 




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2011 Virginia Wildlife 
Photography Contest 



Entries 
must be postmarked 

by 5:00 p.m. 
November 1,2011. 



Its time to enteryour best photographs and let Virginia 
Wildlife magazine showcase your images for thou- 
sands to enjoy. Special prizes will be donated by Rich- 
mond Camera and Virginia Wildlife to contest winners. 
Two very talented winners will have their photographs 
featured on the cover (adult) and back cover (kid) as grand 
prizes. Winning entries also will be posted on our website. 

Categories: 

Contest categories will generally follow those of the 2010 
Photography Contest. However, magazine staff are mak- 
ing final recommendations at this time. Go to: 
www.dgif.virginia.gov/events/photo-contest.pdf 

to view categories for the 2011 contest; they will be post- 
ed by March 15. 

Please make sure that all activities are performed in a 
SAFE manner (i.e., people wear lifejackets, blaze orange, 
eye and hearing protection). 

How to Enter: 

1. The contest is open to any photographer, amateur 
or professional, except employees of the Virginia Depart- 
ment of Game and Inland Fisheries. Contest-related 
usage rights must be available to Virginia Wildlife. 

2. Each photographer may enter up to three (3) digital 
images per category. Note that submissions will not be re- 
turned. PRINTS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED. 

3. All images submitted must have been taken in Vir- 
ginia within the past five years. Do not enter photographs 
of animals or plants that are not native to Virginia. 

4. All contest entries must be listed on a piece of paper 
or "Delivery Memo" with your name, address, and phone 
number. Each entry must be individually listed in this 
memo stating the category in which it is entered and any 
details on how and where the image was taken. If possi- 
ble, indicate camera type, make, model, lens, and settings 
used, to include ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. 

5. Digital images: Photograph images at the high- 
est resolution possible and send us the original JPEG, TIFF, 



or RAW file. Entries may be sent on one CD or DVD. Label 
disk(s) with your name and daytime phone number. 
Embed each digital file with your contact information. In- 
dicate the category for each picture or place it in a named 
folder. No digital prints are required. NOTE: submissions 
will not be returned. 

Digital images that are grainy or show pixilation can- 
not be accepted for judging. Manipulation of exposure, 
cropping, and minor color correction is acceptable. Do not 
crop too tightly. It is not acceptable to remove or add 
features to an image. 

6. We prefer that all photographs taken be of wild an- 
imals or plants in the wild but will accept photographs of 
animals or plants taken under"controlled conditions"or in 
captive situations. Shots of animals or plants in the wild 
are given preference over captive shots. Wild animals 
should not be captured for the sole purpose of photo- 
graphs for this contest. If you do photograph captive or 
"controlled" animals, this MUST be stated in the Delivery 
Memo. 

7. Submissions must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on 
November 1, 2011. Winning entries will appear in the 
March 201 2 issue of this magazine. 

8. Mail contest entries to: 201 1 Annual Photography 
Contest, c/o Virginia Wildlife Magazine, 4010 W. Broad St., 
P.O. Box 11104, Richmond, VA 23230-1104. The courier 
address is: 2010 Annual Photography Contest c/o Virginia 
Wildlife Magazine, 4010 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 
23230. It is recommended that you send your submission 
by certified, registered mail or by a courier who uses a 
tracking number to locate lost packages. 

9. Virginia Wildlife staff members and well-known 
wildlife/environmental photographer Lynda Richardson 
will judge all entries. Contest judges will not be responsi- 
ble for lost mail. 

The Annual Photography Contest is offered as a way to 
bring greater appreciation to Virginia's wildlife and natu- 
ral resources. 



20 1 Contest Prizes 

Courtesy of Richmond Camera 
www.richmondcamera.com 

Grand Prize Front Cover: 

Induro AT 214 tripod legs and a Manfrotto 
Mini Ball Head with RC2 (Rapid Connect 
System) plate ($227.99 value) 

First Places: 

Lowepro Sling Shot 302 AW Sling Bag in 
black ($129.99 value) 

Second Places: 

Lowepro Sling Shot 202 AW Sling Bag in 
black ($94.99 value) 

Third Places: 

Richmond Pro Lab Gallery Wrap - 11 X14 
size ($89.99 value) 

Honorable Mentions: 

Promaster Hurricane Blower ($7.99 value) 
and Pro Master Memory Card Readers 
($29.99 value) 

For Kids (6 to 12 years & 13 to 18 years) 

Grand Prize Back Cover: 

Induro AKB2 tripod and head kit ($181.99 
value) 

First Places: 

Lowepro Sling Shot 302 AW Sling Bag in 
black ($129.99 value) 

Second Places: 

Lowepro Sling Shot 202 AW Sling Bag in 
black ($94.99 value) 

Third Places: 

Richmond Pro Lab Gallery Wrap- 11 X14 
size ($89.99 value) 

Honorable Mentions: 

Promaster Hurricane Blower ($7.99 value) 
and Pro Master Memory Card Readers 
($29.99 value) 
Note: Comparable product may be substitut- 
ed due to availability. 



©Christopher Tennant ©Barbara Houston 



Just a few of this year's great entries! 



©Jim Kirby ©Rob Sabatm 



©James Widzmski 



©jack Johnston 




©Lynda Blair 



©Cary Oesterwinter 



©Jeffery Logesky 



©Derrick Mims ©David Van Gelder 



©Kathleen Graham 



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